16/04/2017 Points West


16/04/2017

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In churches around the west this Easter Sunday.

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a common theme has been expressed of hope in times of darkness.

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Senior church figures said, like the Archbishop of Canterbury

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today, that terror and despair should not be allowed to triumph.

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While their Easter messages acknowledged many are fearful

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about our changing world, they also spoke of optimism.

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It will be very difficult for everybody to draw the kind

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of cultural map of our country and indeed the western world

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at the moment and not see huge swathes of uncertainty.

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At the heart of the Christian message is a message about hope.

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Life's most uncertain things can be lived with and can be transformed.

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People are feeling often quite fearful.

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They are aware of change which is not in their control.

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And what I want to be saying to people at Easter is that in many

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ways Easter is all about change but it is change which is completely

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beyond death, it is change which is about hope and life.

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A police cordon is still in place around a 16th century stately home

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in Dorset as officers investigate whether a fire there yesterday

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The blaze at Parnham House in Beaminster began at around 4am.

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Fire crews were there for much of the day.

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Police want to hear from anyone with information.

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Taxi drivers in Somerset are being taught to spot the warning

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Sedgemoor District Council is first in the Avon and Somerset force area

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North Somerset and Bristol City Councils are looking to follow suit.

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Jamie and his mates kept buying me drinks.

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The start of an evening which ends in a sexual assault, one scenario

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340 young people were thought to be victims of this type of abuse

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The driver kept looking at me, trying to involve me in the chat

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Councils in Somerset are teaching their licensed taxi

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Things like child passengers being frightened, adults

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seeming nervous or forceful towards the child with them,

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and journeys being taken at odd times for a child to be travelling

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Here in Sedgemoor, the council's made the training compulsory so any

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taxi drivers who haven't done it by the autumn could have

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More than 160 drivers have attended a free half-day course so far.

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The council also hopes to train staff in pubs,

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clubs and takeaways where young people

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If I see anything that I think is suspicious,

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I know I can phone the council and they will then pass it

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onto relevant people who can deal with it professionally.

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If I inform them, then I start the first link in the chain.

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Other councils in Somerset have sent information leaflets

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The police hope the face-to-face training

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will now be rolled out across the force area.

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I think looking at some of the training taxi drivers

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have felt uncomfortable about the situation they find

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themselves in, a fare with a child and adult they felt uncomfortable

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They might have told a friend or family member

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Now there is a proper guidance about what they can do.

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So I think they are really encouraged about this toolkit.

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It's hoped as more taxi drivers learn to spot children at risk,

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reports to the police, and ultimately prosecutions,

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Ruth Bradley, BBC Points West, Somerset.

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Bristol have been relegated from rugby union's Premiership

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after just one season, following a 36-21 defeat

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Bristol's 17th defeat from 20 league starts this term

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Plenty of endeavour but lacking quality in attack.

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And so it's back to the Championship with a new head coach in current

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Connacht boss Pat Lam, and several new player signings.

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Somerset lost their opening County Championship match to Essex

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Essex were boosted by former England captain Alastair Cook who scored

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And Gloucestershire beat Leicestershire

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Will Tavare scored a century, and Phil Mustard helped boost the total.

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TV presenter Steve Backshall and his wife double Olympic rowing

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champion Helen Glover completed the Devizes to Westminster

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It took them 22 hours and 58 minutes to finish the gruelling challenge.

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They've been raising money to help save an area

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Finally, we're known for cheese rolling in these parts.

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But the tradition got an Easter tweak today.

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This was one event at Perrett's Park in Bristol.

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First, the eggs were judged, then rolled down the hill.

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The egg that made it furthest without breaking was the winner!

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OK, let's check on the weather with Bee.

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Well, many of us had a bright start but over the last few hours we have

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seen more cloud push in, and it is giving some rain,

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Tonight, cloudy skies, staying rather damp,

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the winds ease as well, temperatures getting down

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So, a grey, damp start to the day tomorrow,

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we will see some some sunshine developing as the day goes on.

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It won't be completely dry for everyone, there will be

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With lighter winds, they will be slow-moving.

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Where you get some breaks, we will see spots hitting 14 degrees.

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After tomorrow, no real rainfall, the forecast staying dry and bright

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with plenty of sunshine and warming up towards next weekend.

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We're back later in the Ten O'Clock News.

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Good evening if you spend Easter under cloudy skies with rain

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hopefully I can promise you something brighter for tomorrow, not

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much brightness earlier for our Weather Watch in Cumbria, there was

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sunshine, sunny spells of

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